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  • Why learn a foreign language when Google Assistant can speak it for you?

    Why learn a foreign language when Google Assistant can speak it for you?

    Regardless of how many sessions I complete on Duolingo prior to a trip overseas, I blank the minute I step foot into a cab or hotel and need to speak —pointing at addresses and information on my phone, rather than, as they say to toddlers in distress, using my words. I can’t be the only […] More

  • Lenovo Smart Display 7 review: Small, but mighty (and stylish too)

    Lenovo Smart Display 7 review: Small, but mighty (and stylish too)

    Lenovo 7-inch Smart Display $129.99 View Product The Good Chic design • Responsive touchscreen • Compact for any room in the house • Great far-field microphones • Camera shutter button adds a layer of privacy The Bad Intermittently disconnects from Wi-Fi • Only has a single speaker • Video calls tend to lag The Bottom […] More

  • Google Assistant gets a customized alarm, based on weather and time

    Google Assistant gets a customized alarm, based on weather and time

    Alarm clocks were one of the most obvious implementations since the introduction of the smart screen. Devices like Lenovo’s Smart Clock and the Amazon Echo Show 5 have demonstrated some interesting in the bedside display form factor, and Google has worked with the former the refine the experience. Lenovo Smart Clock review This morning, the […] More

  • Android’s Ambient Mode will soon come to ‘select devices’

    Android’s Ambient Mode will soon come to ‘select devices’

    You’ve probably heard murmurs about Google’s forthcoming Ambient Mode for Android . The company first announced this feature, which essentially turns an Android device into a smart display while it’s charging, in September. Now, in a Twitter post, Google confirmed that it will launch soon, starting with a number of select devices that run Android […] More

  • Google Assistant introduces personalized playlists of audio news

    Google Assistant introduces personalized playlists of audio news

    Starting today, when you say “Hey Google, play me the news” to a Google Assistant-enabled phone or smart speaker, you’ll get a tailored playlist of the day’s big headlines and stories. That’s probably what many of us are hoping for when we listen to a news radio station or a daily news podcast during the […] More

  • Salesforce wants to bring voice to the workplace

    Salesforce wants to bring voice to the workplace

    At its annual Dreamforce mega-conference in San Francisco, Salesforce today introduced the next steps in its Einstein Voice project, which it first announced last year. Einstein Voice is the company’s AI voice assistant. You can think of it as Salesforce’s Alexa or Google Assistant, but with a more focused mission. During a briefing ahead of […] More

  • Amazon and Google double down on hands-free recipes to help sell their smart displays

    Amazon and Google double down on hands-free recipes to help sell their smart displays

    Amazon and Google have identified a solid use case for their smart speaker devices, powered by Alexa and Google Assistant, respectively: recipes. The companies this week have both announced new product features that aim to help users cook, hands-free, while guided by the voice assistant. Amazon this week rolled out a new feature integration in […] More